Welcome to the Iron Lives website, which is a product of the Senior Seminar in Anthropology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. This website has been developed by student research. In 2016, we focused upon the city of Allentown and the people of the neighborhoods around the coal-fired iron furnaces and rolling mills. Research projects in 2017 shifted north and were centered upon the charcoal iron industry of northwestern Lehigh County and southern Carbon County. The goal of these projects is to provide a space for students to exercise the concepts and skills learned during the completion of their anthropology major.